Author: Ben Schmidt

Staring at the dilapidated one-room building, Philip Duah knew that Project 12 was a sham. “The municipal assembly said the project – a new high school building – was at 90% status and ongoing,” said Duah, the Director of ABAK Foundation, a small non-profit that runs a primary school for low-income children and serves as… Read More

This is the first blog in a series on methods for fighting corruption at the local, national, and international level. The research is a product of the Anti-Corruption & Governance Center at CIPE and includes insights from CIPE programming around the world. A fundamental principle of anti-corruption is transparency—providing a window into the day-to-day decisions… Read More

Deploying aid to countries in crisis is a risky business. With Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s announcement in July that an estimated $750 billion in aid will be needed for Ukraine’s reconstruction, many observers are wary of corruption risks in implementation. Although Ukraine has made substantial efforts in fighting corruption since 2014—as evidenced by progress on… Read More

As international humanitarian and military aid floods into Ukraine to support the country’s resistance against Russia’s invasion, it is important to ensure this aid is used with integrity and reaches its intended targets.   On this front, the international community’s experience in Afghanistan since 2001 offers a cautionary tale to the world today on the potential… Read More

As government, NGO, and business leaders met in The Hague earlier this month for the World Justice Forum, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) led a panel on how Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing can help reinforce democratic institutions. The June 2 event brought together two communities that don’t usually engage with one… Read More

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has highlighted the threat of pro-Russian disinformation in media markets throughout Europe and Eurasia. Some Western Balkan countries like Montenegro have responded to this danger by banning Russian media outlets outright. But these kinds of policies will not be effective without greater media ownership transparency. Media ownership transparency would expose the… Read More

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